Canadian food differs significantly from one region to another in terms of ingredients and dishes. Let us learn more about this cuisine.
Among the delicious cuisines of the world, the traditional Canadian recipes are worth mentioning. They are influenced by a number of foreign cuisines, indicating the multicultural makeup of Canada.
While speaking about the traditional recipes, it is categorized into two, viz. the English Canadian cuisine and the French Canadian cuisine. The former resembles the British and American cuisines, whereas the latter is related to French food.
The most commonly used ingredients are wild blueberries, rice, mussels, caribou, salmon, beef, pork, beer, wine, maple syrup, and cheese. As a tradition, lamb or ham recipes are cooked in the Canadian thanksgiving festival.
Procedure: Preheat a deep-frying pan and pour the vegetable oil in the pan. Add the sliced potatoes and fry till they turn light brown. Meanwhile, warm the sauce over a medium heat. Take out a slice and check whether it is cooked well by inserting a fork. If required, fry the potatoes in batches.
After frying them, make sure to drain them by using tissue papers. Transfer the potato fries in a serving plate and sprinkle with cheese on the top. Ladle the gravy over the potato fries and cheese toppings and serve it hot.
Ingredients: ½ pound ground pork ½ pound ground beef 2 cups, mashed potatoes 2 (9-inch) pie crusts ½ cup, chicken broth 1 clove garlic (minced) 1 teaspoon, ground sage ½ teaspoon, ground allspice Salt and pepper to taste
Procedure: Take a large saucepan and mix all the ingredients except the mashed potato and pie crusts. Bring the mixture to a boil, simmer and stir occasionally. Continue to simmer for about 30 minutes till the meat is cooked well. Remove the saucepan, add the mashed potatoes, mix well, and allow it to cool down.
Then, stuff the filling into the pie shell; you can cover the filling and crimp edges by using pastry. Create a hole at the center and bake at 400 ºF for about 20-25 minutes. Remove tourtiere from the oven and serve with beef gravy and sweet peas.
Canadian Butter Tart
Ingredients for the Pastry: 2 cups, flour 1 cup, shortening 1 egg 1 teaspoon, salt 1 tablespoon, vinegar 2 tablespoons, cold water
Ingredients for the Filling: 1 egg ½ cup, corn syrup ½ cup, brown sugar 1 teaspoon, vanilla 1 tablespoon, butter 1 cup, raisin (optional)
Procedure: For preparing the pastry, mix the flour and shortening. Take a separate bowl and mix the remaining ingredients - egg, vinegar, salt, and cold water. Add this mixture to the mixture of flour and shortening.
Blend the ingredients together to mix well. You can make a ball out of dough, cover with a cellophane and keep in the freezer for about 10 minutes. This will help you in easy rolling of the dough. Remove the dough from the freezer and roll out. Make circular cuttings out of dough by using a cookie cutter; place the cut pieces in a muffin pan.
Now, let's make the filling. Mix the egg, corn syrup, brown sugar, and butter in a mixing bowl. Stir well and add vanilla and raisins. Place the filling in the pastry shells; bake them at 400 ºF for about 10 minutes or till they turn golden brown. Remove the tarts from the oven and serve. You can also store them in an air-tight container.